The internet is full of articles that promote the lifestyle benefits of being an Entrepreneur. They seem to espouse a model of success that involves luxurious cars, minimal work and lots of party time. They make success look easy and the rewards you reap shiny and exciting.
But is this truly real?
In my view, absolutely not. In fact, not only do I see these portrayals as distinctly removed from reality, I also see them as very misguided.
Let me explain.
1. Life as an entrepreneur is tough
I do not buy into the notion that by simply following a formula for success, you are automatically guaranteed some level of success in return. That by following a person’s tried and tested formula, you will avoid much of the work necessary to become successful.
The reality is that there are four primary components that contribute to success:
- Your ability to learn and apply that knowledge
- Your ability to expand that learning to new ideas
- Your ability to understand and relate to people
- Your ability to remain resilient through the inevitable long hours, challenges and missteps
Each one of these factors can be explored in great detail, but the purpose of this piece is to encourage you to develop some good ol’ fashioned entrepreneurial grit. You are going to need it. You are going to need to work your backside off to make it. Plain and simple.
2. The rewards many seek are not “real” and re-alignment of your concept of what is of value to you will help you build your own reservoir of entrepreneurial grit
For me, flash cars and fancy clothes are not what push me to rise early every morning, nor is the size of the house I live in, my bank balance or who I associate with a driving factor. In my view, that is living to please others and in particular, it is living to chase a dream that you can never achieve because frankly, like all fashions, it will continually change.
I thrive on the following and these are what fill my reservoir of entrepreneurial grit:
- I value hard work and the sense of achievement that flows from it – I am not looking to avoid hard work. It is important to note though, this does not mean that I do not delegate and look to automate. I seek to free my time to expand my activities into other projects and use delegation and automation as tools to do more.
- I derive a sense of achievement by developing people, solutions and outcomes. My purpose is to make everything around me grow.
- I see opportunity in challenge and see addressing challenge as something that should be embraced through hard work, conviction, and positivity.
Have a look at ShareASale, its a great way to market your products and services and let you business increase sales, but valuing hard work, achievement and the people around me enables the definition, implementation and living of the cultural values that allows my teams to grow and thrive. This for me is a very satisfying outcome of the energy we apply.
From an entrepreneurial perspective, I urge you to prepare for and embrace the challenges ahead. You are going to need to dig deep more than once. You are probably going to want to give up more than once. You are probably going to wonder if you can actually physically keep going even when you want to. You are going to feel lonely, isolated and unappreciated at some point. It’s ok. With the right approach and seeking the right outcomes for you, that being a sustainable and truly rewarding outcome driven by a solid approach, it will be worth it. And a focus on these two things will help you fill that reservoir of entrepreneurial grit that you will need. Sounds a little bit like a self-fulfilling prophecy, doesn’t it?